MANILA — Lawyer Larry Gadon on Tuesday "thanked" Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio for his suspension over use of foul language in a decade-old incident.
In a June 26 resolution, the Supreme Court 2nd Division had suspended Gadon for 3 months over his use of "abusive and intemperate language" towards a doctor and a fellow lawyer and words which "lessen the confidence of the public in the Philippine judicial system."
Gadon thanked Carpio "for being objective that a mere 3 months suspension is meted out instead of disbarment or 2 years suspension."
"I thank him for being objective and considerate despite my public pronouncements that he should not be appointed Chief Justice after the ouster of Atty [Maria Lourdes] Sereno," Gadon said in a statement.
"As I was telling the media then, seniority in the judiciary means the total number of years in the judiciary including the lower courts not only the years served in the Supreme Court," he added.
He also said he "respects" Carpio's objectivity "after 10 years that the case was filed."
Gadon, who filed the impeachment complaint against Sereno, drew public attention in 2018 for calling the then top magistrate's supporters "mga bobo" (stupid), and flashing the middle finger at them outside the high court compound in Baguio City.
During his failed electoral campaign, he styled himself as an "anti-bobo" crusader. He later claimed he lost because he was cheated.
Gadon's suspension stemmed from a 2009 disbarment complaint filed by a dermatologist whom Gadon allegedly unilaterally suspended in March 2009 from a mall-based healthcare facility on the basis of a complaint from a patient.
He said his suspension "is a silver lining compared to being kicked out as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court."
He also noted "the objectivity" of Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa for concurring with the suspension "despite public knowledge that I have been very critical of the snail paced process of and the glaring bias and treatment of the protest of Sen. BBM."
Gadon was referring to former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, who contested his loss to Vice President Robredo in the 2016 elections by some 200,000 votes.
Gadon said he was also "amused and elated" that his suspension "has been a toast of national news when other lawyers who get disbarred or suspended for 2 years did not merit any attention by the public."